Dienstag, 31. März 2015

The Soul Surfers ft. Myron & E - You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) From My Love (Single)

As a special treat and first taste of the new album by the Russian funk ensemble The Soul Surfers Ubiquity Records will release the stunning lead-off single "You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) From My Love" in May.

The single features an original soul groove and the incredible Myron & E on vocals who have a reputation for collaborating with talented instrumental groups. After the previous single "Doin' The Rasklad" the full-length release "Soul Rock" is finally on the horizon which will see the light of day later this year - a listen to this track will give you a lot of reasons to look forward to day.

Get the stream on Soundcloud.

Samstag, 28. März 2015

Sleep Sinatra - Shamaniq

This might not be the first time you read the name Sleep Sinatra on this blog but this is the first time I can introduce you to a full-length album. "Shamaniq" was released in late February and features 18 original tracks by the rapper from Lincoln.

The first single "Metroid's Dungeon" was already a nice taste of the quality that you could expect on this record just like the various collaborations with talented MCs and producers like Static Soul, ICHIBANHASHFACE, Verbal Kent and any more. What the track didn't show was the overall more laid back character that this album presents. Tracks like "Cryostasis" or "GodsClocktower" showcases the calm yet intense vibes perfectly in which Sleep Sinatra's voice is the main element that flows flawlessly over the minmalistic beats. But there are still some other things you can discover on "Shamaniq" - so head over to the the full stream on Bandamp.

Mittwoch, 25. März 2015

Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth - Epicenter

Though the Bigmouth quintet consists of highly productive and busy musicians it is always a special occasion when bassist Chris Lightcap calls for a new project. The new album "Epicenter" is the group's first release since "Deluxe" in 2010 and features saxophonists Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, keyboardist Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver on drums.

There is a lot to discover on this album and its lively compositions. The opener "Nine South" is already a track that bursts with energy and keyboard passages that might remind the listener of classic progressive rock tunes. The nice and slow vibes on "Arthur Avenue" are something else this group is capable of playing just like the dynamics on the record's title track "Epicenter". Just like the spectacular opening this album ends on a high note in a very intense version of Lou Reed's "All Tomorrow's Parties" with its steady groove and massive interpretation of the main melody.

Get more information the homepage or stream on Soundcloud. The release will be in early March.

Montag, 23. März 2015

Mr. Echo - Born To Be Blue

Mr. Echo is one half of the Greek instrumental Hip Hop duo Q-Function and he recently released his solo album on Cold Busted.

"Born To Be Blue" is just the kind of record you would expect coming from this label. It has the gritty and dusty vibes and a clever use of samples from all kinds of genres. A lot of other talented beatmakers like Es-K, Jenova 7 or mister T are also featured on this record. Mr. Echo uses his beats as a solid drum foundation and builds a nice construct of beats and smooth atmospheres on top of it. It's a very classy and old school approach with only a few electronic elements.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Samstag, 21. März 2015

Grieg - Retaliate First

Grieg from from Brisbane are probably one of the finest heavy things you've heard in a while. If you look at the personnel it turns out it's not really a big surprise: Alex (No Anchor), John (Undead Apes) and Tamara (Hits)  are truly veterans in the Australian rock scene and are taking their sounds on the group's debut album "Retaliate First" to another level.

There are a lot of heavy elements coming together in this music: Noisy and extreme guitars, varying song structures and mostly punk vocals that sometimes shift to very harsh shouts. The overall very brutal sound is balanced with some slight punk rock elements and a very dynamic approach in songwriting. Every track on this record is full of life and energy that bursts out in all kinds of heavy rock sounds.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.